Search on for Buddy

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - REXINE HAWES

No News is good news, and that cer­tainly is the feel­ing from Espresso To Go staff in Mata­mata, who re­main hope­ful for Buddy’s re­turn.

Buddy, the Espresso To Go store cat, has been miss­ing for about two weeks af­ter be­ing mauled by an un-leashed dog in a neigh­bour­ing busi­ness.

Barista Mag­gie Scelly says staff have been over­whelmed by the pos­i­tive and car­ing com­mu­nity re­sponse to the at­tack and Buddy’s dis­ap­pear­ance.

‘‘We have had lots of peo­ple call in. A lot of car­ing gen­uine peo­ple say­ing ‘don’t give up hope he will show up’.’’

Scelly says if noth­ing else, the at­tack has high­lighted the rules dog own­ers need to be aware of be­fore think­ing of bring­ing their ca­nines in the CBD.

Mata­mata-Pi­ako Dis­trict Coun­cil’s dog con­trol by­law states that dogs are pro­hib­ited in the cen­tral busi­ness ar­eas be­tween 8am and 6pm, seven days a week, un­less it is a ser­vice dog, or vis­it­ing a vet. The ca­nine must be leashed. Un­leashed dogs are not per­mit­ted in the CBD any time.

The hope­ful Espresso To Go staff have kept Buddy’s bed and food out for him, and have continued to reg­u­larly hunt for him af­ter clos­ing. Scelly says a few peo­ple have called in say­ing they have seen a cat fit­ting Buddy’s de­scrip­tion, but there has been no con­firmed sight­ing.

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